Versatility, concentration and tactical acumen - you need the lot if you want to succeed on the flank. Arsenal's buccaneering Spaniard talked FourFourTwo through his positional change when joining the Gooners.
"At Barcelona I was a winger, but when I joined Arsenal they moved me to right-back. I thought that I would be better in an attacking role, but Steve Bould and Bacary Sagna helped me to adapt to the new position, which was key. Talking to two top-class defenders who really know the role offered fantastic insight. I also used my experience as an attacker to help make the switch. I know the positions on the pitch that wingers prefer to take up and what areas they want to play in."
Pick your moments
"As a right-back the most important part of your job is knowing when it's best to attack and when it's safer to hold your position and defend. You often see players get caught high up the pitch, which then leaves them vulnerable to the counter-attack. If you sprint down the wing and your team loses possession in midfield, the opposing winger will have plenty of space to attack into. You need to make sure you are alert at all times to avoid leaving yourself exposed defensively."
Use the overlap
"The movement of the right winger on your team is really important if you want to be an attacking threat from right-back. It's up to him to work alongside you to create space down the flanks. Overlapping the winger on the outside is the most effective way of opening up the defence from a wide area, because if you decide to run infield instead, there's less space and a lot more players crowded into a small area. This increases the chances of you losing possession."
Hector Bellerin is a PUMA athlete.